Boss SD-1 Super OverDrive

Single-Effect Pedal

Made by Boss

Description Produces the warm, smooth distortion of an overdriven tube amplifier while maintaining the subtle nuances of your picking technique. A tone control is also provided for precise tonal adjustment.
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Directory Equipment: Effects
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Overall Rating: 4.7 (of 5)
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On 1/14/2007, Kyle Ba (37) posted:
Overall Rating:
A very good petal, it works out great for exactly what I want it to do. I would have liked a bit more tone control, as that was the only part that seemed a little weak to me. Sometimes it just overpower the actual guitar tone. I would buy it again if it were stolen, it is a great accent to tube amps.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $35.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Centre
Features:
Tone, level and drive with a stomp switch. Between the three there is a wide range of sound you can get from it. It is AC powered but can also use a battery, which was included. Ac power works great with the normal 9v hook up. The battery has a very very short life span, I burnt through it in a few jam sessions. Rather disappointed in that.
Sound Quality:
I've played this through with my MIM Strat on a Blues Jr. and a First Act Strat Copy (as a slide guitar) playing blues, classic rock and indie-rock. For blues it wasn't the greatest thing, as the amp could provide enough distortion to get the dirty blues sound and it had too much grit for indie rock but for other types of rock and proto-punk, it works out great. It really seems to shine when put with a tube-amps over drive to pull the most out of it. It does not seem to offer up any extra noise or anything when not used.
Ease of Use:
Plug it in and play, it worked out very well but still has enough depth to be able to get different sounds out of it. I was pretty disappointed by the instructions as they offer no advice how to get deeper into the petal, they merely give you some advice about how to set the level.
Durability:
No live-gigging with it yet but it has made a trip up the coast and it's a BOSS so I am not worried at all.
On 8/13/2002, Randy Hano (12149) posted:
Overall Rating:
Smooth sound that can be used in a variety of styles. Best of all dirty and cheap!
Price: $35.00
Where Obtained: Squid Music
Features:
Nice smooth overdrive/distortion - best described as a TS-9 on "Steroids". I have been searching for this unit for a while especially with the loaded JRC4558 chip which is in it. Since it is used, the case shows its age but the unit is a mini tank. I will enjoy for many years to come!
Sound Quality:
G&L Tele, Fender Strat and Les Paul used through different Fender and Marshall Amps.
Ease of Use:
3 adjustable knobs...tweak and wail!!!
Durability:
Tank!
On 4/23/2002, Rob Carraher (1756) posted:
Overall Rating:
It's very good, but my use of it is limited due to my style.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mike's Music Shop
Features:
Three knobs, Level, Tone and Overdrive. Very simple.
Sound Quality:
It gives a nice warm overdrive, nothing too hard. Best for slower, calmer songs.
Ease of Use:
It's a BOSS. Very easy. A monkey could work it, but that's not recommended.
Durability:
BOSS = Mini Tank.
On 6/13/2001, Chris Oyer (2046) posted:
Overall Rating:
Its been compared to a tubescreamer only better, which is why I chose it. If stolen I'd get it again as long as it were the same price or cheaper. GOOD: It has a WIDE sonic range. Its cheap(price not quality) BAD: I've heard it can suck battery life pretty quickly.
Price: $40.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Riks Music Knoxville TN
Features:
Standard 3 knobs, ac or dc power.
Sound Quality:
Use in conjunction with ibanez gax70;sd-1;vox pathfinder. suits classic rock, blues, gives nice searing lead like tone (a la kirk hammett) with amp gain cranked and pedal drive cranked.
Ease of Use:
Had good sounds within 5 minutes of plugging in.
Durability:
From what I've heard boss is very dependable. but I'll see in 15 years if its still good:)
On 1/12/2001, Chris Fraga (174) posted:
Overall Rating:
I chose this pedal becouse of the price. Once I played it I discovered what a good deal I had gotten. If it was stolen I don't think I'd buy another unless I could get another good price, becouse I am 16 and have to rely on allowance for income.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $15.00
Where Obtained: Bought from friend
Features:
The three knobs are easy to use and the results of doing that make noticable change in the very versatile sound.
Sound Quality:
This pedal has a really nice overdrive sound that can very accuratly reproduce some of the distortion heard on early punk.
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use: Level, Tone, and Volume.
Durability:
I don't think that the steel casing will ever break, but the components might, so far, after all the abuse I've put it through, the only battle scars it bears are a few chips in the paint.
On 7/8/2000, Peppe Lahtinen (1754) posted:
Overall Rating:
Good overdrive pedal that suits quite well for many styles of playing.
Features:
Not too much knobs but it doesnt really matter so much.
Sound Quality:
Very good basic overdrive sound. This pedal works well if used with the overdrive of the amp.
Ease of Use:
Durability: